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>> and mike said no. for years instructors tell students that distractions in class are bad, and there isn't anything more distracting than that. >> this one from angelo1760. while definitely awkward the professor is a working mom and should be able to nurse freely as long as she's covered. no issue here. >> one more from david that i have to clean up from air. david wrote i know it's not a pole dance, but the teacher should have used a bottle instead. >> clean up a bit. had to clean that up. >> we'll leave it at at that. >> thanks for starting your morning with us. >> much more ahead on cnn "saturday morning" which starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 on the east coast, 5:00 out west. thanks for starting your day with us. and we start with new images from overnight.
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the man believed to be behind the anti-islam film that sparked protest in the middle east was escorted from his home by police. this is nakoula basseley nakoula. as part of an earlier bank fraud conviction he was supposed to have limited access to the internet and of course the trailer to his film was found on youtube. >> and specially trained marines have been sent to beef up security in yemen, seer why and sudan. american allies and embassies have been targeted by protesters. those protests haven't only been in the middle east. this one took place in australia overnight. protesters there clashed with police near the u.s. consulate. we'll take you live to cairo in just a minute or so for more on the massive protests that have
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been going on there. >> the worst of these protests was in libya. four americans were killed. their bodies were returned to the u.s. friday. christopher stevens was the ax to libya and was instrumental in building relations with rebels during the uprising against moammar gadhafi. sean smith was an air force veteran who served in missions from baghdad to benghazi. tyrone woods and glen doherty were former navy s.e.a.l.s who were working as diplomatic security officers at the u.s. consulate. the bodies were met by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. >> but even as voices of mistrust and suspicion seem to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> we've seen the anti-american protests popping up in more than a dozen countries now, but not all of them have been violent like what we've seen in egypt or libya. many more of the protests have been peaceful like this one in pakistan, with muslim
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demonstrators voicing their anger over an anti-muslim film produced in the u.s. >> some of the largest anti-american protests have been in cairo where officials were forced to build large concrete walls in the streets just to keep protesters away from the u.s. embassy there. ian lee joins me now from cairo. we know at points there's been lots of people, thousands of people, at least in tahrir square, and then at some points not many people. have the protests let up now there in the capital? >> reporter: well, victor, all seems to be calm in cairo right now. we saw some of the fiercest clashes yesterday evening between protesters and police, but earlier this morning it seemed like the police had enough, and they had hundreds and hundreds of riot police officers move through the streets, dispersing the protesters with tear gas. the protesters were pushed back to tahrir square, but even from there the police moved in and were able to disperse them, the
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protesters melting away into the city, and so far everything is calm right now. there's a heavy, heavy security presence in tahrir square and also around the u.s. embassy, and we haven't seen any more clashes since. >> ian, we've learned that militants attacked a u.n. peacekeeping base in sinai yesterday. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, these are the multi-force, multi-national force observers, and their mission is to basically watch the border between egypt and israel. this is part of the peace treaty, but militants in the sinai have been threatening these observers for quite a while now, and these observers make up many nations, but they also make up american soldiers as well, and the militants have threatened to attack them. and yesterday we saw them make good on that threat. the egyptian military moved in with hundreds of soldiers. they moved in with tanks and then armored personnel carriers and were able to repel the
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attack but not after four soldiers from fiji were injured. >> all right. the situation in cairo changing hour to hour. ian lee live in cairo, thank you. the fbi is expected to arrive in libya today to begin investigating the attack that killed four americans. cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly joins us now from washington with the latest information about what the u.s. intelligence agencies knew and when they knew t.suzanne, what do you know? >> reporter: >> right, randi. cnn found out from a u.s. int intelligence source there was a cable sent warning about the existence of this anti-muslim film on the internet and also warning that they had seen an uptick in the number of people who had been clicking on the link and watching the film. they sent a cable from cairo warning them that that was out there. however, there was no specific warning attached that an attack was imminent. a couple of things intelligence did know going into this. there are well-equipped groups already in place in benghazi. a lot of al qaeda sympathizers
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there as well, these pockets of al qaeda sympathizers. knowledge of this film, when you pull the pieces together, you get a little bit clearer image of what u.s. intelligence officials are working with new as they are trying to piece together exactly how this got so out of control. >> there has also been a lot of conflicting statements from washington as to whether this attack was planned or not. it seems to change daily. what do we know at this point? >> reporter: it does. as a matter of fact, it was very difficult sort of pinning down where the confusion was coming from. i mean, take a listen, randi, to just what was said as recently as last night. >> you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a pre-planned attack. >> this was a calculated act of terror on the part of a small group of jihadist >> reporter: now, of course, we have officials in libya also coming out and saying that they do believe this was pre-planned so here's where i think the difference lies, randi. the u.s. has said there was no actionable intelligence to suggest. now we talked about what u.s.
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intelligence knew at the time. however, there was no link to know that this attack was actually coming. they had no transmissions. they usually get their intelligence through human information or signals intelligence where they intercept phone calls. none of that was on the radar. however, that doesn't necessarily mean that the attack wasn't planned in advance, that there weren't some sort of level of coordination between some of those well-equipped groups we talked about and the al qaeda sympathizers. we simply don't know, and that's what the fbi and intelligence officials are continuing to look at now as this investigation continues. >> yeah. still searching for answers on so many levels there. suzanne kelly, thank you. >> an attack at a military base in southern afghanistan this morning has left two u.s. marines dead and at least three others wounded this. base is home to american-run camp leatherneck and british-run camp bastion. just look at the aftermath we can show you here. smoke is rising from smoke bastion. military officials called it a sustained attack. here's that video, and they say
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as many as 20 insurgents were killed. the taliban has claimed responsibility. this is the same base where prince harry is stationed, but officials said he was -- he was not in the way of danger. we've got much more ahead this hour. >> yeah. here's what's coming up. >> they are breaking points, the thresholds of no return and maybe what separates peace from war. they are called red lines. all morning we're putting them in focus. the dust is settling from the conventions, and new polls reveal some interesting changes, especially in the swing states. our cnn political team breaks down the numbers. nevery macdonald in prison for the grisly murder of his wife and daughters in 1970, but academy award winner errol morris says captain jeffrey macdonald may be innocent. i'll talk to him live. bob...
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oh, hey alex. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always od to have a backup plan, in case i get hit by a meteor. wow, your hair looks great. didn't realize they did photoshop here. hey, good call on those mugs. can't let 'em see what you're drinking. you know, i'm glad we're both running a nice, clean race. no need to get nasty. here's your "honk if you had an affair with taylor" yard sign. looks good. [ male announcer ] fedex office. now save 50% on banners. in the wake of the attacks in benghazi, libya, that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans, mitt romney is highlighting his foreign policy. he said obama has sent the world mixed messages. >> but now critics say romney is
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the one mixing messages. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is following the romney campaign. >> reporter: randi and victor, aides to mitt romney say he watched the bodies of the slain diplomats arrive at andrews air force base on television here in ohio before going out to pay tribute to them at a rally. it was a moment that stood out in a day marked by both tough and lighthearted talk. at a rally in ohio, mitt romney set aside his attacks on president barack obama's foreign policy to remember the u.s. ambassador and three americans who lost their lives in america. >> i'd ask that you each might place your hand over your heart in recognition of the bloodshed for freedom by them and by our other sons and doubters who have lost their lives in the cause of america and cause of liberty and we'll take a movement silence together. >> reporter: the moment of silence was a brief pause in his campaign-sharpened rhetoric. earlier in the day pal ryan suggested the president was showing a weakness on the world stage that invited the
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diplomatic attacks. >> they are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation, and the least equivocation or mixed signal only makes them bolder. >> reporter: on cnn a senior campaign advisers claims the violence would have been prevented under a president romney saying he would have been more engaged in an arab spring. >> we would be partners in this revolution, not running behind and seen as part of that. i think that changes the dynamic, so yes, there would be a difference. >> reporter: at a new york fund-raiser romney slammed the president for not planning to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at start of the united nations general assembly next week. romney said it cents a message not just to israel but throughout the middle east and in some respects it's a confusing message. ♪ the rhetorical jabs came as the president paid tribute to the slain diplomats as their bodies arrived at andrews air force base. despite his campaign, serious
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posture, romney and his wife made time to make light hearted comments to kelly ripa in an interview slated to air next week. romney weighed in on mtv's reality show "jersey shore." >> i'm kind of a snooki fan. >> has a baby now. >> look how tiny she is egotten. she's lost weight and she's energetic, just her spark plug personality. >> ann romney talked about how she once walked in on former president george w. bush getting a massage in the white house, and when asked what he wears to bed the gop nominee disclosed as little as possible. the romney campaign is signaling their criticism of president obama on foreign policy is only the beginning, and it comes as several polls show romney falling behind in clear swing states like here in ohio. as one romney advisers put it to me earlier this week, it's a good thing they don't hold elections right after the conventions. randi and victor. >> jim, thank you very much. it's not just the polls in ohio. this week cnn's political ohio
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paul steinhauser looked at the polls in several swing states and say romney could be losing his edge. >> reporter: with the political coverage over we've seen a flood of polls on the race for presidency and some suggest that mitt romney's path to the white house is going to become a bit more difficult. >> i want to talk about some of the challenges we face in ohio. >> reporter: as romney was talking about the economy a new poll from nbc news, "wall street journal" and marist indicates the republican nominee trailing president obama by seven points but according to other surveys out the race for the 18 electoral votes is much closer. a very similar story in florida where 29 electoral votes are up for grab. the nbc/"wall street journal"/marist poll has mr. obama holding a five-point advantage but other polls show a dead heat. >> we'll win norfolk again. we'll win virginia again. we'll win this election. >> reporter: four years ago mr. obama balanced budget
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amendment first democrat to win virginia in a presidential election since 1964. romney hopes to paint the state red this november, but the latest polling gives there obama a five-point edge, again though within the sampling error, a sampling in michigan suggests the president is up new numbers in two other states, colorado and new hampshire, indicate closer contests. now put it all together and right now the map seems to favor the president. but we've still got seven weeks, three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate to go. randi, victor. >> all right. paul steinhauser, thank you. lots of polls to go. >> going to be a while. red line politics. the president has come under fire over the response to those protests in the middle east, but will he change u.s. foreign policy because of it? we'll explore the options. back from rough economic times. employees are being forced to do more with less. and the need for capable leaders is greater than ever.
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good eye. much of the middle east has exploded with anti-american protests. the protests and violence were prompted in part by an anti-muslim movie produced in the u.s. this morning we're talking about attacks on the american embassies and the red line. that's the line between diplomacy and war. it's the line in the sand that president h.w. bush talked about before going to war against iraq. joining me now is john alderman, director of the middle east program at the center for strategic and international studies. good to have you with us. >> thank you. >> what is -- we'll start with the red line.
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what is the red line for the u.s. when dealing with the new threats in the middle east? right now the marines are protecting the consulates and the embassies, and those two destroyers are there just on standby, but what is the line for those men and women to go into action? >> look, i think the real line is when you start feeling that you have a state or a state force taking action. what seems to be going on here, seems to me is three different things. one is you have yet another effort to get activists excited about protecting what's in danger, in this case islam. we saw it with the danish cartoons case seven years ago. we've seen it periodically. second, have you new political leaders who used to be on the protesting side who now have to figure out what's the national interest, how do i relate to my former allies on the protest side and still lead the country, and, third, you have very weak police forces after the transition that happened over the last year and a half. so i think what you have so far
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is a normal political activism, and people are -- governments are trying to figure out how to deal with it, and the red line would be if the government starts going in opposite direction. at this point the government is with you. >> you say normal political activism, but there's an ambassador that is dead and three other americans. is that not the line in libya at least? >> but the ambassador was a friend of mine, so i don't take that lightly at all, but i don't think that that reflected the broad views of the libyan people. i think what happened there, as far as we understand it, is there was a violent protest tucked into a larger protest. there are lots of weapons going through the middle east, too, and that makes this all the more dangerous, but i don't think there's any evidence that either the local government in benghazi or local government elements or anybody in libya was somehow trying to target americans. what instead i think this is a consequence of is we have had diplomacy in the middle east that's been all about our relations with governments, and what chris stevens was trying to do was remake diplomacy and deal
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a lot more with a much wider range of people outside of capital cities. unfortunately, that's a mode that he gave his life for. >> sore tom of the people he was attempting to reach, let's talk about the red line for them and look at this from the other angle. what is the red line for them that would push them to again attack another embassy in another country? we know that there's flests more than a dozen countries around the world. >> look, i think social movements all over the place try to mobilize people by saying we are defending against a threat, and i think there's a lot of bravado that goes on as people say, look, we're going up against the awesome power and the united states is a global power, but we will defend the honor of islam, defend the honor of the prophet. people sort of feel that this is protesting, not because they want to threaten american lives because they feel under assault. their red lines for what's acceptable speech are different from ours. i really don't see anything that is sort of different kind of
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anti-americanism. i don't see anything that's a different kind of violence. this feels to me like the kinds of things we have periodically seen throughout the middle east, often about an offense against islam which brings people out into the streets and then people go back into their homes. >> let's talk about foreign policy for a minute. this is what the president said in a recent interview. okay, so we don't have the sound, with you -- but he was asked in an interview with telemundo if egypt was an ally, and he said they are not an ally but they are not an enemy. is the response more about the attackers or the responses from the government, especially mohamed morsi's new government in the middle east? >> i think there's a perception that when non-governmental forces attack governments, that governments pull together because governments have an interest in protecting their relations with other governments. mohamed morsi came out of a
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protest movement. the muslim brotherhood was in opposition for 80 years, and i think he was unsure where to position himself. i think what he has discovered is you can't be unsure. you have to protect your relationships. you have to protect the rule of law. i think the egyptians have come late to the idea that they have to be in the right place on this. i don't think they will be making that mistake again, but, again, it has to do with weak security forces, with political leaders who haven't had to figure out where they fit in, that i think is really the change here, not that this represents a fundamentally different way the united states is going to have to work with governments and populations in the middle east. >> and we'll see how president morsi makes the transition from the opposition to the establishment as we go through the weeks and years ahead. john alterman from the center for strategic and international studies, thanks for joining us. next hour, we'll take a closer look at iran and the red line for war. are israel and the united states
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really on the same page? stay with us. religion versus freedom of speech. an ohio jury deliberates where hair-cutting attacks in the amish community was an expression of religion or a hate crime. [ male announcer ] if you have yet to master the quiet sneeze... ♪ [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] zyrtec®. love the air. join zyrtec® rewards. save up to $7 on zyrtec® products.
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bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your morning with us. after a ve-day teacher strike, a tentative deal in chicago between the teachers union and the city school board. union officials will meet sometime today or tomorrow to draft framework for an agreement. and jumping a little northwest, a circuit judge has tossed out a major portion of wisconsin's collective bargaining law. the law backed by republican governor scott walker limits the rights of public unions like teachers union. the judge ruled yesterday the law violates the state and u.s. constitution, but this legal battle is probably long from over. after the ruling, governor walker suggested the state would appeal the decision. finally, clint eastwood, no regrets, at least about his empty chair speech at the republican national convention. here's what he told our nischelle turner.
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>> one thing about -- one advantage of being my age is, you know, what can they do to you? you just have fun and do as you think, and can you say what you think. you don't have to edit yourself. >> so you don't regret it at all? and i think i heard governor romney say on one of the sunday shows last week that he enjoyed it. he liked it. >> he did. >> mm-hmm. >> yeah. he's got a much better sense of humor than people think. >> eastwood, of course, came under fire for his speech. many felt he stole mitt romney's thunder on the last day of the convention. now to the amish trial in ohio. a jury is deliberating the fate of 16 men and women charged with federal hate crimes related to a series of hair and beard-cutting attacks in their strict community. federal prosecutors say the attacks were motivated by religious differences, ordered by a leader named samuel mullet sr. from a breakaway sect. mullet denies operating as a
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cult. if convicted, he faces 20 years in prison. cnn's legal couldnntributor jois this morning. paul, good morning to you. since samuel mullet denies operating as a cult, where does the court draw the line on freedom of religion? >> this case has drawn a lot of debate on the hate crime laws and how to enforce them. a very, very difficult decision for the jury and the court. the federal government enacted a law that said basically if you commit a crime and that crime is based on hatred of religion or a gender group or sexual orientation you get punished in a much more severe way. and, you know, in this case there's a real struggle to decide whether when you have a religious cult like this, and the claim is that this is a breakaway cult, and members of the cult are fighting amongst themselves about what's appropriate religiously, should the federal government be involved in this? should we be trying to look into their minds to decide why they
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did this beard-cutting? i mean, that's sort of the stage upon which this jury trial is being played out on. >> the defendants, of course, they are claiming that the attacks were nothing more than family feuds. they weren't hate crimes. what is the likelihood, do you think, of a jury seeing it that way? >> i think they make very strong arguments to the jury. the jury could throw up their hand and say it's none of our business to get involved in an amish cult and indicating beards or no beards, so they may just think it's a waste of the federal government's money to be getting involved in this, but you know, the sentence is very severe. as you indicated, 20 years in prison could be involved. the defense, by the way, has said, you know, this is not a hate crime. this is a crime that arises out of spiritual love of one person who participates in a relion for know, and some of the beard-cutting had to do with family feuds, and, you know, why is the federal government devoting all of this time to people feuding about their own religion?
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>> yeah. >> that's the question that's being asked, and i think the jury will be asking that question as well. >> certainly. now usually though, the amish resolve disputes without involving law enforcement at all, but concerns that mullet was operating a cult caused them to go outside the community. does this carry any weight, do you think, in court? >> i think it does. i think a jury certainly won't look at this as a mainstream sort of respectable religion. they are going to look at it as a renegade cult arising out of and from amish beliefs, but i -- and i think that makes for a stronger case for the prosecution, and i also think they make a strong case that to attack somebody because of religious belief, in other words, and to shave a beard off, which for an amish man is apparently just the most horrific thing you can do, that this has to be punished in an exceptional way. you know, this whole thing arose out of the civil rights laws when african-americans were being targeted as a result of the color of their skin and
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being forced not to vote, so the federal government said you discriminate against somebody based on a belief, you're going to pay a higher price. >> right. >> but this is of -- when you follow it down a long road, we find ourselves, you know in, a small amish cult and shaving beards off, and a lot of people say, you know, that's really not what this law was intended for. >> meanwhile though to make things even stranger, the federal judge has allowed testimony of mullets alleged sexual activities with the wives of other men at the compound. how do you think this affects the case since this is about a hate crime and a hate crime charge, not sex charges. >> it strengthens the prosecutor's case, if the church thinks this is about cutting beards off, they are not going to take it too seriously, but prosecutors are saying he was vengeful and as a result of these sexual relationships that were going on he was seeking revenge on his enemies, and
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there's no better way to get revenge against a fellow amish man to cut his beard off because that would be so devastating to him from a spiritual standpoint, so the claim is he was using religion to enforce, you know, his own view of the world and to get revenge because of these sexual relationships. so, i think it helps the prosecutor's case actually in a very big way. >> certainly a strange one, that's for sure. >> it is. that's for sure. >> paul, stick around. because when we come back we'll examine the reopening of this very high-profile murder trial that gripped the nation more than 40 years ago. it's a fascinating case. okay
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welcome back. it was a high-profile murder case back in the early 1970s that rocked a small north carolina town and made headlines across the nation. a green beret army doctor named jeffrey macdonald accused and ultimately convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. macdonald stuck to his story that drugged-out hippies committed the krims and beat him up, even stabbing him but prosecutors saw it as far-fetched, and he's currently serving three consecutive life sentences. there's a new book by veteran filmmaker errol morris that is raising doubts on whether macdonald got a fair trial and whether the evidence in the case is evfair. could a new argument of dna evidence give him a chance at freedom? >> it's a possibility. this case is a very, very complicated case going back over 30 years, and, of course, in the early years it was thought very
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clear-cut case of guilt and particularly after joe mcguinnes wrote a very famous book about the case in which he concluded that macdonald was guilty beyond all doubt, but, you know, a lot of people think macdonald was innocent, a princeton educated doctor who was a captain in the military and very highly regarded at the time, and it seemed bizarre that he would kill his wife and children without really a clear motive so it's very, very controversial, but the federal court is looking at it. there's some new evidence that he's presented saying prosecutors were aware that there was this witness that would be helpful to him, a woman in a floppy hat who supposedly was one of the murderers, and he wasn't told about this, and there's a decision called the brady decision that requires prosecutors to reveal this kind of information, so there's a handle here that prosecutors -- that the court could look at to give him a new trial. but it's hard to decide whether they will or not. it's a very old case and it's
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been looked at, by the way, by a lot of courts, four appeals. already gone to the supreme court once and been up healed. >> what about errol morris, a very well-respected guy. he's known for being a really good digger. how much weight do you think he brings to the case? >> well, i think in terms of the court evaluating the evidence in the case, he doesn't bring any weight at all because the only thing the court is going to look at is what was admitted in court and what prosecutors should have revealed to the defense, but in a bigger sense, i mean, the reason we're talking about it and the reason a lot of people have been saying, oh, yeah, i remember that macdonald case, let me take a second look at it. as a matter of fact, i was digging through the evidence last night, because this was a fascinating case. >> it sure is. >> and as the public looks at it, if there's sort of public sentiment that he was treated unfairly, and that kind of has an impact on the court in an indirect way, and, you know, he was convicted on the basis of blood analysis, and fiber analysis and a lot of things.
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now this is back in the '70s and '80s. technology has radically changed since then. >> yes, certainly. >> and so what was thought to be a clear cut case based on that evidence back then, when you look at it now, it might not be so clear. >> right. we've seen that happen already in cases where there's improved dna. but morris has blamed the media coverage of the case. i mean, have you seen that before? i mean could, that have actually played a role in macdonald's conviction? >> yes, and i do think it played an enormous role, not so much in his actual conviction before the jury. i think, you know, the press coverage -- there was a lot of press coverage at the time of the trial, but it was the joe mcguinnes book more than anything else. guinnes goes out and writes books about crimes, infamous crimes, and he befriends himself with the accused and basically macdonald, i thought mcguinnes was going to help him when he wrote the book. when mcguinnes wrote the book,
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he said are you kidding me? this guy is so guilty, it's not beyond reasonable doubt, it's beyond all doubt and kind of after that book was written, that was the end for macdonald. nobody took him seriously anymore. he lost a lot of supporters, and had the book gone the other way and said this is a very doubtful case, maybe people would have taken a second look at the case, so i think the press can influence these cases, and i think the macdonald case is an example of where that's happened. this new book, maybe it will help him. >> what about motive, what about the lack of a clear obvious motive in this case? how much weight do you think that had because -- >> well, it's very important. you have to remember, this case, by the way, he's accused of having killed his wife and his two children, and he, as i said, very, you know, highly respected army captain, green beret at the time. he said these hippies came into his house and one was saying acid is groovy, kill the pigs,
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and it was thought to be sort of trying to mimic the manson killings and other things that were going on, and he did sort of an amateurish job of it, so, i mean, that was the background of the case at the time, and when you go back now and you look at the motive issue in particular, there was really -- it was hard to come up with a motive, but there was one thing that was important. he was having an affair, and his wife apparently had found out about the affair, so prosecutors were saying he was having a brutal argument with his wife, and they traced different blood types throughout the house, and they tried to recreate what had happened from the time he started arguing with his wife in the bedroom until his kids ultimately were killed in a rather cold-blooded brutal way to make it look like outsiders had committed the crime. >> yeah. >> so they had a motive, that there was an affair, and he was arrogant. he was sort of -- he thought he was above it all and too smart for everybody, and the thought
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was the jury didn't like him, and that hurt him in the case, so there was some motive, but it was -- that's kind of a very low-scale motive. >> exactly. >> for mass murder, but that's what they put up on the board. >> it will be so interesting at this hearing on monday to see if this case does get another look. >> paul callan, thank you. >> always nice to be with you, randi. >> do you think jeffrey macdonald is guilty of killing his family? >> tweet me @randikayecnn or @victorcnn and the author errol morris will join me at 1010:00 eastern time. what's taller, faster, smaller and made entirely of glass and aluminum? it's apple's new iphone. if you want one go online right now and buy it, well, you can't. it's sold out. but, first, here's a quick excursion to dubai, the uae's
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tourism and trading hub for this week's travel insider. a producers with cnn international takes you there. >> reporter: most people around the world look forward to the summertime, but here in the uae we dreadterm temperatures soar more than 110 degrees fahrenheit. i even even been outside for five minutes and i'm sweating already, so apart from staying at home, what do most people do to cool down? many come to giant air conditioned shopping malls like this one, but retail therapy doesn't really do it for me, so i head to a place where i can really chill out. in the span in around ten minutes i've gone from the sweltering heat to the freezing cold. this is ski did you bay, a manmade winter wonderland in the middle of the desert, and i think it's time that i hit the slopes, or rather the slope. the thing is it's pretty expensive to get in here.
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another one over here. the iphone 5 is the sixth generation of the known, and it's out now. well, kind of. that's it. because it sold out the first hour when it went on sale on friday. mario armstrong, hln's digital lifestyle expert, joins us from my hometown of baltimore. >> yes, indeed. >> mario, the iphone 5, we've seen the big reveal. is it living up to the hype? what's new with this? >> i mean, if you go with the pre-order sales, absolutely it's living up to the hype, and then some. >> yeah. >> because now you can no longer even buy it, at least online that is right now. i think a lot of people are trying to wait and see, is this the right phone for them? is this the right phone to upgrade to? if you've been on the iphone 4s, consider whether this is the right upgrade, iphone 4 or earlier, definitely makes sense. >> i'm on the 4s and still trying to figure out what's in
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it for me other than, you know, a lot of people are concerned about having to b new chargers because right now you can use the same charger for the ipad and the iphone and the ipad, but now they have this new one. >> that's right. so what you're talking about is this connector. >> yes. >> that we're used to seeing for all of our devices. that has now changed to what was a 30-pin connector to an 8-pin connector which means essenti essentially all of these chargers you own for all your other apple products are no longer usable and that's a big issue for a lot of people. this is a case that's also a battery charger. i'm supposed to be able to stick my phone inside this case. well, when i get the new iphone 5, i will not be able to use this $90 case that i've purchased. this is now obsolete and irrelevant, so that does pose a problem. they have come out with an adapter that they are charging $39 for for you to buy, but that just isn't the elegant solution that people were really looking for, and quite frankly they needed to make this -- they needed to make this different
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connector because they wanted to make the phone thinner, and it is 20% thinner. it's apple's thinnest phone ever. a lot of people want a thinner and lighter phone. >> well, let me ask you about the software updates for people with the 4s model and the 4. when do we get those updates? >> yes. those updates will be out on the ios 6, i think september the 19th, which is the new operating system so even if you're on the 4 and 4s you can download the new operating system. that's a very important point you bring up, victor, pause in the operating system itself you'll get a lot of the enhancements that you're hearing are being associated with the iphone 5. a lot of times there's market confusion, and i fight find for the consumers you don't need an iphone 5 to get a lot of enhancemans. a lot of enhancements can be software. this is a different looking phone and different feeling phone. >> and a lot there added. mari thanks very much from charmed city this morning. >> thanks, victor. appreciate it. take care, buddy.
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president obama is vowing to bring to justice the killers of u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in libya. now a look at the memorial in maryland, remembering the lives of these four heros. >> it's tragic. so deeply sadning. it also makes us aware though of the kind of role that people like chris and over the years are playing unsung but the critical role that they play. >> i would not want to be seen as a hero.
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good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's 9:00 on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. it's good to have you with us this morning. we're starting with a new development overnight. the man believed to be behind the anti-muslim film that sparked protests in the middle east was escorted from his home by police. this is nakoula bassely nakoula bundled in a coat. you see him here with a hat and a white scarf. can you see the eyes behind the glasses. he left voluntarily. nakoula was apparently questioned for a few hours before leaving his own home. as part of his probation stemming from an earlier bank fraud conviction, he was supposed to have only limited access to the internet. of course, the trailer for his movie was found on youtube. >> that film trailer has sparked protests in more than a dozen countries from iraq to australia. this was the scene here in sydney this morning. there were some clashes between protesters and police near the
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u.s. consulate, but nothing on the scale that we've seen in yemen or egypt. and this is what it looked like in yemen yesterday. the u.s. has sent in specially trained marines into yemen to beef up security at the embassy there. those marine units are also dispatched to sudan and libya. moving to joint base andrews and the return of the four americans killed in the libyan protest. president obama, vice president biden and secretary of state hillary clinton were there to meet the caskets. the victims are ambassador chris stevens, tyrone woods and glen doherty, both former navy s.e.a.l.s, and sean smith, an air force veteran who leaves behind a wife and two children. >> besides libya, the worst of the protests have been in cairo, but now egyptian security forces are pushing back the protesters. let's bring in our ian lee. he's in cairo. ian, is it quiet there this morning? >> reporter: well, it's all quiet now in cairo. we saw some of the fiercest
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clashes last night, but early this morning it seemed like officials had had enough, and we saw hundreds of riot police and plain-clothed officers push protesters away from the embassy and away from tahrir square. now there's a very heavy security presence around tahrir square and the u.s. embassy, and this -- it looked like this order came from the top because early this morning we saw the minister of interior who is in charge of the security forces to take care of protests, he came into the square coming around as security forces were cleaning up. the streets of cairo are now cleanch the workers came in, cleared them of debris. they are taking stock of the damage that was done, but life is returning back to normal, and today is the first day of school for students so it seems like life is moving on. >> well, there was some serious concerns here in the u.s. about the response from mohamed morsi, the president of egypt, and what he was saying after the attacks
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there in cairo, but what are the people hearing from the president, and are they satisfied with what they are hearing from morsi? >> well, morsi had to walk a fine line between securing the u.s. embassy and appeasing the americans but also the public here. by and large, the egyptian population is outraged over that film, so he had to come out strongly against that film, and he did -- he reserved his harshest criticism for the film, but he also had to protect the embassies, and he's -- egypt is responsible for protecting embassies in diplomatic missions. he also had to apiece the americans, so he walked the very fine line and today we saw him take care of the protesters and push them away and really impose heavy security around tahrir square and the embassy. >> all right. we'll see if things indeed get back to norm a. ian lee live in cairo, thank you. back in the u.s. officials
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say there was nine tell jens ahead of the attack in libya. some people though disagree. cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly joins us this morning live from washington. suzanne, good morning. libyan officials believe this attack was a pre-planned assault. if that turns out to be true, what is next here? >> reporter: well, the fbi is expected to arrive, as you know, randi, in libya today. they are trying to keep somewhat of a low profile because their presence there is a sensitive one. we do know from a source with knowledge of the investigation that agents have been conducting interviews outside the country trying to gather as much information as they can about what happened in benghazi. investigators also plan to gather information on those people who are arrested by libyan authorities. now the libyan authorities have already come out and said that they don't believe those people who are custody had any direct knowledge or direct contact with the people who had carried this out, but they are trying to figure out exactly where that leads by gathering background information on those people. >> and what is the intelligence
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on this so far here in the u.s.? i mean, did the u.s. know anything at all ahead of time? wasn't there some type of warning that went out? >> yeah. there's a little bit of monday morning quarterbacking going on, with all of the intelligence that's come in since the attack. they are piecing that together as best as they. can we do know from a u.s. official that an intelligence cable was sent from the u.s. embassy in cairo 48 hours before this attack took place and warned basically about the existence of that anti-muslim film on the internet and the fact that it had been gaining more popularity. more and more people were clicking on it and watching it. that was obviously a cause of concern because of the content, but there was no specific threat attached to that cable. and that's an important point, and i think that's why you saw so much difference in washington this week about whether or not there that was a planned attack because the administration was saying this was not anything that we had actionable intelligence on. that's not exactly the same thing as saying that it wasn't planned. it's just saying that the u.s. intelligence agencies weren't aware of any planning that was
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going on. however, consider the environment, randi, and we've talked a little bit about this. people knew that there were well-armed groups already in place in benghazi. they have infrastructure. they have vehicles. they are there. they also know that there are al qaeda sympathizers in the area, and then when you layer on top of that the fact that this film is out there, you can pretty much guess what the response would be, then the picture starts to become a little bit more clear and that's what intelligence officials and the fbi are trying to put together now. >> recipe for chaos, for sure. suzanne, thank you. appreciate that. an attack at a military base in southern afghanistan this morning has left two u.s. marines dead, at least three others wounded. the base is home to american-run camp leatherneck and british-run camp bastion. we have video here of the aftermath. you can see the smoke billowing from camp bastion. military officials call this a sustained attack. they say as many as 20 insurgents were killed. the taliban has claimed responsibility. this is the same base where prince harry is stationed, but officials said he wasn't in the
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u.s. in the face when it comes to iran, and it's become a bone of contention with israel. cnn's senior international correspondent sarah seidner joins us live from israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu announced the red line this week. listen. >> the world tells israel to wait. there's still time, and i say wait for what? wait until when? those international communities who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. okay. so tell us specifically, what is this red light he's speaking of, and if you could clear up those in the international community he's speaking of. >> reporter: well, victor, it's pretty clear those are extremely
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strong words, perhaps the strongest words we've heard from prime minister benjamin netanyahu when it comes to this issue of iran potentially possessing a nuclear weapon. when he talks about the international community he's certainly talking about the united states first and then the rest of the community who has been put sanctions on iran. publicly though, the exact red line hasn't been spelled out by israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been pushing the u.s. to draw the line in the sand, so to speak, and the resulting action it's going to take if iran crosses it, but in a late-night phone conversation this week between mr. obama and mr. netanyahu, reports have leaked out that the prime minister proposed making the size of iran's stockpile of uranium that is close to bomb grade a reason for a strike by the united states. the obama administration has been very clear in saying it doesn't want to make deadlines, stoplights or red lines on iran's nuclear program because
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it puts the u.s. in a box. it really forces its hands, and it could give iran also a timeline as to when a strike might happen, and it could prepare for that. the administration, mr. obama, has said time and again iran possessing a nuclear weapon is not an option, so it appears that that is the actual red line for the united states if it discovers that iran does indeed possess nuclear weapons. >> these latest proposals of the red line, these are just the latest red lines the because it has been, over the years, a moving target for both israel and the u.s. >> reporter: yeah. let's go ahead and talk about one thing. we talked about iran possibly getting a bomb. israel has really said, look, if iran's able to make a nuclear warhead, then it's too late. iran will be in the zone of immunity, as israel has called it, but let's look back. iran's leaders, we have to mention this though, have said time and again that they are not trying to build a nuclear weapon but only using their nuclear program for peaceful purposes
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such as to make energy and medical isotopes, but worry over iran's nuclear ambitions has been going on for nearly 20 years now, since it announced that it was going to go ahead and work with russia to build a civilian nuclear reactor. so back in 1995 israel's red line, if you will, was that iran should not possess a nuclear reactor. then a few years later, because it did, was able to do that, the line moved, and israel said, okay, it should not be able to convert uranium. several years after that, after it already has begun converting uranium, it was said that iran should not be able to enrich uranium to 5%. we're going down the line, talking about 2000, 2002, 2009. the line moved again that iran should not have centrifuges, no covert facilities and no ability to make a bomb. so there's a clear progression here where the line seems to keep moving as iran keeps progressing. but now in 2012, this rhetoric that we're hearing is really, really heightened with prime
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minister benjamin netanyahu saying iran's nuclear ambitions is the biggest threat to the world today, and israel believes that it could possess a bomb within a year. >> now let's talk about what jay carney called an encounter between benjamin netanyahu and the president. the president's being criticized now for not planning a face-to-face meeting with the prime minister during the upcoming united nations general assembly. what's the latest on that? >> reporter: here's what we can tell you. the obama administration sent out a statement after a report came out that he basically snubbed prime minister netanyahu when he's going to be coming there for the u.n. meeting. the white house said that is not true, that they were never asked for a meeting nor did they ever deny a meeting with mr. netanyahu. however, this week i spoke to mr. netanyahu's spokesperson who said actually they had want at ming and that they were willing to go to washington, so you're seeing a bit of information that doesn't match up there. what you're seeing i think is
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another crack in the relationship between these two leaders which frankly makes people here very nervous. a lot of people are saying that it's really a dangerous thing, and some politicians, by the way, saying it's a dangerous thing to start knocking the united states right now, that israel depends on the relationship of the united states as an important ally, one of its most important allies, and they have criticized mr. netanyahu for the way he's handled this by pushing this relationship, making the cracks even bigger. there's definitely no love lost between these two leaders, it appears. victor. >> appears to be very cool. cnn's senior international correspondent sara sidner, thank you very much. coming up next house, we'll talk politics, did mitt romney speak too soon? did the president drop the ball by not leaving the campaign trail during the crisis? we'll break that down. there may be a deal in the chicago teachers strike. a report is next on what still
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needs to be hammered out to make it all final.
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a circuit judge has tossed out major portions of wisconsin's collective bargaining law. the law, backed by republican governor scout walker, limits the rights of public employee unions like teacher unions. the judge ruled yesterday the law violates both the state and u.s. constitution, but this legal battle is probably long from over. after the ruling, governor walker suggested the state would appeal that decision. in chicago, it's the first teacher strike in 25 years, but that may all be ending soon. at least parents and the teachers hope know. >> more on where things stand.
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there's no contract but there's progress. >> both sides are hopeful which is more than can be said leading up to today. a tentative agreement. nothing set in stone. language has to be hammered out. the details, of course, are always the main point, but what we do know here, a source close to the negotiations is telling us there's three main sticking points. the first being to keep the current calendar year and school year. that's very important. if you remember, under mayor rahm emanuel's reform package for school reform, that was a big deal. he wanted to expand the school year. that sort of led up to the contentious debate between the teachers and the mayor. the second point, giving principals the authority to hire teachers and one of the main sticking points, randi and victor, changing teacher evaluations, the union very suspicious of the school board as you can imagine so they are waiting for the details to be hammered out and language to be firmed up. >> took them a while to come this close, and you don't want anything to break down the deal so what could jeopardize that in. >> the teacher evaluations, victor. very important, a sticking point for the teachers union.
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